By David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya
In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being pressured into exile from his place of origin by way of the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist faculties, he could finally develop into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's such a lot awesome students. This inspiring and not going biography of a contemporary Buddha is totally annotated, and comprises images.
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Indrup. " I9II Uncle Ngawang Nyima always observed the two monthly feast days of Vajrayogini (Na ro Mkha' spyod rna), laying out the offerings, reciting the texts, performing the mudras, and so forth. The little Dezhung Rinpoche was not allowed to look at the texts or eat any of the offerings because he had not yet received the ritual initiation and blessings. But after the end of each Vajrayogini tantric feast (garzacakra), his uncle would ask him to take out a little plate of food to offer the remainder to the hungry spirits, and once he was safely outdoors in the courtyard or on the roof, he would first secretly help himself to the meat and fruit and then toss out the rest as offerings.
In or around this year, on the fourth day of the sixth lunar month, the day of the Buddha's first turning the wheel of Dharma, Uncle Ngawang Nyima unrolled a thangka of the Buddha Sakyamuni and told Dezhung Rinpoche of the kindness of the Lord Buddha, also explaining certain symbols on the thangka such as the lions under the throne and the lotus seats. Dezhung Rinpoche afterward wrote a versified poem in praise of the Buddha. When he showed it to his uncle, Ngawang Nyima was amazed. At that moment, someone knocked at the window of the retreat house.
The day after a passage had been taught, the seminary master would draw one student's name at random (from rolled-up slips of paper), and that student would have to stand up before the whole assembly and expound the passage. U 6 Later in the morning and afternoon, assistant teachers (skyor dpon) would repeat the khenpo's lesson of the day in a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, Fl RST SCHOLASTIC STU Dl ES 31 where explanations were easier and where the students were a little freer to ask questions.